29 November 2013
My fashion designer friend, Dianne ***, used to work for Burberry and Kate Spade as a handbag designer. She recently spirited me away to 7 On Lan Street (the old Christian Louboutin store) to visit Serapian, a designer and maker of leather goods based in Milan.
She worked with Mr Serapian to produce handbags for these brands. In fact, if you own lots of designer handbags, you probably already own something made by Serapian, who produces handbags for most of the luxury brands around. In addition, he also has his own collection, characterised by the highest quality materials and beautiful designs. Leathers are sourced carefully, even the webbing on the handles is chosen with care.
These are not handbags that stand out or are ‘of the moment’ but are beautifully designed, extremely light and will last you for many years to come. My two picks were an envelope travel bag, the cachemire leather sourced from the tanneries of Hermes with the abovementioned ‘best webbing in the world’ over the shoulder strap. The other bag was a travel bag, designed to fit on your trolley- with a beautifully detailed interior for your travel overflow. I would fill mine with travel essentials but also my camera equipment- my Leica deserves the best, of course!
They also have a beautiful range of men’s leather goods as well. This shop is a definite must on your Christmas shopping list.
***You can follow her excellent fashion blog here.
7 On Lan Street (behind Marks and Spencers)
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